The SM Investments Corp. (SMIC) has unveiled its plan of vaccinating employees for free this 2021 as part of its consumer confidence initiative.
According to the company – owned by the Sy business clan – they’ll provide vaccinations for their workers within the year.
Aside from this, the business conglomerate has vowed to aid the national government’s vaccination drive – opening its doors as nationwide venues for the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“These will help to build the confidence that our consumer-led economy urgently needs. The key is to continue to innovate and operate safely, which we have done and continue to do. We continue to respond and adapt to changing customer needs and touchpoints to serve our customers better,” SMIC President and CEO Frederic C. DyBuncio shared during the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting.
SM has released a list of properties that will serve as locations for incoculation, which will include SM sites in North EDSA, Taguig, Trece Martires, Rosario, Calamba, San Pablo, Lemery, Lipa, Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod, Ormoc, Butuan, Pulilan, Olongapo, Marilao, Cabanatuan, Cauayan, Tuguegarao, Masinag, San Mateo, Parañaque, Muntinlupa, and General Santos.
Besides presenting itself as a COVID-19 jab station, SMIC has also shelled out P30 billion for COVID-19 intervention efforts – specifically for the aforementioned free coronavirus vaccination for employees, donations to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), and other initiatives.
In collaboration with the PRC, SMIC has made saliva-based RT-PCR tests accessible in more than 10 malls in the Philippines. The company also donated 2,000 mattresses to the health agency’s COVID-19 isolation wards – which has been under increasing pressure due to the recent surge of coronavirus infections in the National Capital Region.
The company, who was founded by the late Henry Sy, also volunteered the SM Mall of Asia to be a mega-testing zone for COVID-19 – thereby boosting the Philippine Government’s capacity to detect new infections.
DyBuncio says SMIC will always put their consumers’ safety first, which they hope to convey through these initiatives.
“These will help to build the confidence that our consumer-led economy urgently needs. The key is to continue to innovate and operate safely, which we have done and continue to do. We continue to respond and adapt to changing customer needs and touch points to serve our customers better,” he explained.
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